Monthly Archives: September 2011

City Make a Point on Teeside

Middlesbrough 0:0 City

City earned a decent point at the Riverside on Wednesday night in a scrappy goalless draw with Middlesbrough…

After Sunday’s long trip to Cardiff 500 City fans clocked up more miles with a trip to the North East, and still didn’t see any goals.
Sven made one change to his side with Johnson in for Fernandes, his first league start since 2009.
After an uneventful opening 20 minutes, with Schmeichel saving an angled Bennett drive, City should have taken the lead when Peltier had nodded an Abe cross to a well positioned Beckford but the former Everton man got too much on his header and sent it over the bar.
Chances were a rarity as the first half progressed with Schmeichel easily fielding an mnes effort and Vassell going close after being set up by Johnson. 
The second half saw Beckford replaced by Schlupp after just three minutes, the youngster in the news for apparently attracting the interest of Liverpool.
After Abe wasted a chance and Fernandes came on for the injured Johnson, Boro gradually took control of proceedings. Schmeichel had to save a MacMahon free-kick from range and as the game entered it’s closing stages it was more a case of City holding on for a point, substitute Arca going uncomfortably close last on.
But neither side has really done enough to earn three points and a 0-0 draw was about right.

Sven was pleased with a third consecutive clean sheet in the league but admitted that: “We didn’t make many clear chances.” With the defence now looking solid it is time he turned his attention to the forwards line.

Middlesbrough: Ikeme, Hoyte (Arca 83), Bates, McMahon, Williams, Bennett, Robson (Thomson 83), Bailey, Haroun, McDonald (Nimely 61), Emnes. Subs: Zemmama, McManus.  

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier, King, Abe, Wellens (Danns 77), Johnson (Fernandes 61), Vassell, Beckford (Schlupp 48). Subs: Weale, Paintsil.
Referee: A Bates (Staffs). Attendance: 16,883.

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Bobby v Jackie…

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Another stalemate in Cardiff

Cardiff City 0:0 Leicester City

Yet another tight game between Cardiff and Leicester ended goalless at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday afternoon…

The City side had ten changes from the midweek League Cup meeting on the same ground, starting with the same side that beat Brighton last Saturday.
After a well-observed minute’s silence for the miners that died in last week’s tragedy at Gleision the sides kicked off in bright Autumn sunshine.
City had the best of the early spell, quickly settling into their possession game and Gerrard did well to block an effort from Beckford; while King fired wide of the target.
Cardiff were forced into an early change when Conway limped off with a twisted ankle to be replaced by City nemesis Robert Earnshaw.
Earnshaw was soon on the thick of it, being dispossessed ten yards out by the magnificent Bamba, with appeals for a penalty rightly falling on deaf ears.
At the other end Earnshaw was the Bluebirds hero of the hour when Peltier got his head to a Wellens’ corner only to see the Welsh international clear off the line.
City pressed forward and Beckford was two inches shy of getting his head to a fantastic Konchesky cross from the right.
A Whittingham shot then forced Schmeichel into a rare bit of action, before Earnshaw’s brief but eventful cameo was over as he limped out of the game.
Mills then went close with a half-volley but the sides went in 0-0 at the break.
A Tale of Two Cities and a Game of Two Halves. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay had spent much of the first half in a gibbering rage and must have translated his frustration during the break. The Bluebirds, having used their third sub, came out looking like a different side and dominated play for much of the second half.
Whittingham sent a shot narrowly over and then swerved a free-kick into the side netting.
Konchesky’s well-struck free-kick was tipped away by Marshall, but it was the home side who looked more likely winners at this stage, Gestede being denied by a fine Mills block.  
Konchesky, having his finest game ina City shirt to date, then troubled Marshall with another long range effort, the keeper just recovering before Beckford closed in.
Cardiff, with Gestede limping badly and no more subs to bring on, then ran out of steam and City had several chances to win the game. With Johnson on for Fernandes City had a late spell of pressure against a packed Cardiff rearguard.
Vassell, in on the right, fired a hurried shot wide; King prodded a loose ball inches over the bar and then Vassell watched his downward header from close in bounce up and onto the bar of an empty goal.
It was close, but not close enough for City, who had to settle for a point. 
A frustrated Sven commented:  “It is normal for new players to take time to settle in. You can use the excuse of new players taking time to settle in the first three, four or five games but not any more. We can’t keep saying that. We have to play for the whole game like we did in the last 15 minutes here.”

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson (Blake 45), Gerrard, Naylor; Cowie, Gunnarsson, Kiss, Whittingham, Conway (Earnshaw 25, Gestede 43), Miller. Subs: Parish, Mason.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, Bamba, Konchesky. Abe, King, Wellens, Fernandes (Johnson 74), Vassell, Beckford (Schlupp 72). Subs: Weale, Pantsil, Danns.
Referee: M Haywood (West Yorkshire). Attendance: 21,154.

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Filbert Street Finds a Home on Filbert Way

Micky Bates’ remarkable model of Filbert Street circa 1977 has been moved from his Earl Shilton home to a tailor-made exhibition case at the King Power Stadium.

The model, which is sure to bring back a host of memories for any City fan, is temporarily situated in the  approach to the Keith Weller Lounge until the proposed club museum comes into being, when it will take pride of place.
For more information on Micky’s model visit: http://rebuildingfilbo.webs.com/

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City Pay the Penalty at Cardiff Again

Cardiff City 2:2 Leicester City (Cardiff win 7-6 on pens)

 

City are out of the League Cup having suffered the recurring nightmare of a penalty shoot-out at Cardiff on Wednesday night…

The competition’s low standing was underlined by an 8,000 crowd and both sides making ten changes, Matt Mills being the only City player remaining from the side that beat Brighton. 
And it was a low key start with little of note hapening in the first half hour beyond a couple of half chances carved out by Schlupp and an off-target shot from Moussa.
Cardiff made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when a lofted ball into the area was only half cleared and fell nicely for Cowie to nod into the top right hand corner.
This stung City into action and they were level six minutes later after great work from Schlupp down the right ended with him delivering a hard and low cross for Howard to stick out a toe and find the net via the left hand upright.
The second half again drifted into practice game mode until City took a 66th minute lead. A poor ball out of Cardiff’s back line went straight to Danns who hared into the area. A last ditch tackle halted him but the loose ball landed at the feet of Dyer who instantly lashed it home.
City’s lead lasted fifteen minutes before a hopefully punted free-kick saw Gestede given room to control and fire a shot past Weale from 25 yards.
Late efforts from Danns and Schlupp failed to find the target and half an hour’s virtually incident-free extra-time dragged on into the night. 
The almost inevitable penalty shoot-out duly arrived, with the ghost of Yann Kermorgant hanging over proceedings (although we know he’s not dead, obviously).
That rarest of occurences followed – with all 10 of the scheduled penalties being fired past Weale and Marshall with relatively little drama. Dyer, Howard, Abe , Danns and St Ledger for City and Naylor, Earnshaw, Cowie, Conway and Kiss for Cardiff.
Paintsil and Gestede then both converted before Fernandes took a huge run up and hoisted his effort over the bar and into the already celebrating Cardiff fans. Quinn sealed the Bluebirds victory with a confident blast into the top right hand corner and City were out of the League Cup.

Cardiff: Marshall, Quinn, Keinan, Taylor (Naylor 60), Blake, Cowie, Kiss, McPhail (Gunnarsson 29), Earnshaw, Gestede, Mason (Conway74). Subs:Santiago, Whittingham, Gerrard, Evans.  
Leicester: Weale, Mills (Peltier 46), St Ledger, Ball, Paintsil, Dyer, Danns, Moussa (Fernandes 81), Johnson (Abe 91), Schlupp, Howard. Subs: King, Kennedy, Beckford, Schmeichel.
Referee: R East (Wiltshire). Attendance: 8,697.  

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Here Be Dragons….

“HERE BE DRAGONS…” was the legend used on medieval maps to warn people away from unexplored territories…

As far as Leicester City are concerned it might as well be written on the ‘Welcome to Wales– Croeso I Gymru’ sign, because it really isn’t a happy hunting ground for the Foxes, and the thought of two trips in a week doesn’t fill me with optimism.

City have never had much luck in the Principality, our proud unbeaten run in 2010-11 came to an end at the Cardiff City Stadium one Tuesday night.  There was no reward for the loyal band of fans that followed City across Europe…one describing the return journey as taking: “Three and three-quarter hours after four motorway closures, four diversions and 196 miles.”
That 2-0 defeat matched the one at Swansea in October, following on from the previous season’s even more miserable showing.
Nigel Pearson’s side lost at Swansea and Cardiff in the league, then were knocked out of the FA Cup with a 4-2 defeat at Cardiff and then played at the Cardiff City Stadium yet again in the play-off semi-final. Now, technically, that was a fantastic 3-2 win for City, but that was soon forgotten when Yann Kermorgant dinked his infamous penalty at Bluebirds’ keeper David Marshall.

Looking back, it seems that a highlights DVD of City’s triumphs in the land of mountains, valleys and castles would be very, very short.

* 1961-62 – Going back into the mists of time, a 4-0 win at Cardiff (Cheeseborough 2, Keyworth, King).
* 1979-80 – Left-back Dennis Rofe produced two 40 yard efforts at the Vetch Field to beat Swansea 2-0.
* 1979-80 – A 1-0 win at Ninian Park with a Bobby Smith goal helping Jock Wallace’s side towards the Division Two title.
* 1979-80 – A superb long range free-kick from Eddie Kelly was enough to beat Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground and put City on top of Division Two.
* 1986-87 – A 2-0 League Cup win at Swansea, with goals from Gary McAllister and Alan Smith sealing a first leg victory for Bryan Hamilton’s City. The joy of which was somewhat tempered as we were chased across a garage forecourt by inflamed natives.
* 2005-06 – A low key 1-0 League Cup win at Cardiff thanks to a goal from Nils Eric Johansson.
* 2007-08 – A 1-0 win at Ninian Park thanks to a bizarre own goal from Darren Purse.

And that’s it. Apart from one, glorious, Dragon-slaying season under Jock Wallace we have very little to show from our trips to Wales in the last half century… but new season new players eh?
Perhaps this season could be different…. perhaps…

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City Get the Abe Habit

Leicester City 1:0 Brighton & Hove Albion

For the second home game running City defeated the league leaders from the south coast…

With Peltier, Abe and King brought into the side City looked well balanced against a Brighton team with a 100% record away from home and they should have gone a goal ahead in the 19th minute, but for some poor refereeing from Graham Scott. Vassell was tripped on the edge of the area and the loose ball rolled forward for Peltier to drill it past Ankergren. The ref, however, failed to apply the advantage and City were awarded the free-kick, which came to nought.
King was denied by an Ankergren save a couple of minutes later but both defences were on top for the rest of the half.  Mackail-Smith was getting no change out of the magnificent Bamba, and the Ivorian also forced a good save from the Seagulls’ keeper.
If the first half reached deadlock that was swiftly amended after the break. Vassell’s well flighted cross from the left was met firmly by the head of an unmarked Abe, much to the delight of both player and fans.  
Brighton then enjoyed their best spell of the game and should have levelled when Barnes set up Mackail-Smith with a gift of a chance that he somehow managed to spoon over the bar from three yeards out.
Harley was then denied by a great block from Peltier, before the league-leaders were reduced to ten men for the remaining 12 minutes. The previously cautioned Painter stuck out a hand to block a through ball from Abe to Beckford and the ref had no choice but to send him off. This took the sting out of Brighton’s search for an equaliser and City had a comfortable end to the game.
Sven, who had perhaps been beginning to feel the pressure of an indifferent start, sounded relieved:
“I’m very happy. We finally performed well for 90 minutes, and did so against the number one team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Peltier (Paintsil 72), King , Abe, Wellens, Fernandes, Vassell, Beckford ( Schlupp 89). Subs: Dyer, Weale, Danns.  
Brighton: Ankergren, Painter, Calderon, Dunk, Greer, Harley (Navarro 68), Dicker  (Lua Lua  68), Bridcutt, Noone (Buckley 60), Mackail-Smith, Barnes. Subs: Vincelot, Brezovan.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Attendance: 24,128.

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